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Prep Volleyball: Wallech, Schreiber power Hubs past Lancers for 3A West title

November 09, 2012|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Peyton Wallech (10) battles Linganore's Leeanna Barnes, second from right, and Blaire Witmer during Friday night's Maryland Class 3A West region final at North. The Hubs swept the Lancers and will defend their 3A state championship next week in College Park.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — North Hagerstown’s volleyball team is taking its Maryland Class 3A state title defense to the University of Maryland.

Senior leader Peyton Wallech had 18 kills, five blocks and two aces to lead the second-seeded Hubs to their second straight 3A West region title with a 25-14, 25-15, 25-19 sweep of fourth-seeded Linganore on Friday night.

North (16-1) will face the 3A North champion — either Bel Air (17-0) or Towson (15-3) — on Wednesday night at a time to be announced in the state semifinals at Ritchie Coliseum.

“We haven’t really talked about states, but the girls, I’m so proud of them,” Hubs coach Megan Crawford said. “They’re so excited. They remember last year’s title, and though they haven’t talked about it, I’m sure they thought about this.”

Coming off Wednesday’s incredibly close five-set victory over third-seeded Damascus in the 3A West semifinals, Crawford was worried about a possible emotional or physical letdown Friday.

Instead, the Hubs took control of the match with a 10-1 run to close Set 1 and a 9-0 run that opened up a 15-7 lead in Set 2.

Wallech — as she often is for North — was front and center in the run to close Set 1, with three kills, a block and an ace. Michey Moody added two kills in the run — one on set point — and Zoe Schreiber also put down a kill in the run.

“We played back and forth a little bit early, but once we got on a little run and our passing got better, we picked it up,” Crawford said.

The Hubs’ run in Set 2 was Schreiber’s time to shine. Of the nine points in the run, she scored seven of them on six kills and a block. That was part of a 13-kill, three-block night for North’s sophomore middle hitter, who used angles and tips to take advantage of the Lancers’ gaps in the back row.

“(Linganore) had a triple-block, which I was a concerned about, but I could see the open floor and there was a lot of space,” Schreiber said.

“As a sophomore, she’s had to fill a big role, and she’s done it throughout the season,” Crawford said. “She hit into two blocks at the start, but then she found the holes.”

Wallech took center stage again in Set 3 to help North close Linganore out. She had eight kills and two blocks in the set — including kills on the final two points. The Hubs used a 5-0 run to take a 9-3 lead early in the set and were never seriously threatened after that.

“The first two games, I was a little nervous,” Wallech admitted. “It’s my last game on my home floor, being a senior. I knew I had to pick it up in that last game. ... Zoe was on fire. She was just as good as me.”

North finished with 43 kills to just 20 kills for Linganore. Sarah Bentley had 36 assists for the Hubs, and the defense was solid, with six players — Alexis McCarthy, Lauren Serafini, Moody, Bentley, Wallech and Christine Randall — getting at least six digs each. McCarthy led North with 12 digs.

“Overall, we passed much better tonight than Wednesday,” Crawford said. “We moved our feet better.”

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